The biggest challenges facing our lives on Earth are made up of complex, interconnected parts. People need better ways to understand the full picture.
That’s why we’re here.
Climate Interactive is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington DC. Our team helps people see what works to address climate change and related issues like energy, water, food, and disaster risk reduction. For example:
- We’re long-time partners with the U.S. State Department and analysts for the Chinese government. Our tools have helped them assess and communicate the impact of their government strategies.
- We’ve helped NGOs and businesses improve their thinking and communication in the UNFCCC climate negotiations.
- We’re helping development agencies in East Africa design better strategies to reduce the number of people displaced by extreme events and slow onset disasters, like droughts.
- We work alongside the scientific community to build an understanding of what climate change means for society and the impacts our actions have on finding solutions.
Overall, our easy-to-use, tangible, scientifically-grounded tools help people see for themselves what options exist today to create the future they want to see.
When it comes to helping people understand the big picture and see what works to address our biggest challenges, we draw on a suite of approaches, many of them developed at MIT in the fields of system dynamics and organizational learning. Our team benefits from decades of experience and mentorship from leaders like Dana Meadows, John Sterman and Peter Senge.
At Climate Interactive we start with a belief in people.
We believe that when people learn by experiencing rather than being told the facts, they gain a deeper understanding of a challenge and the best ways to address it.
And we believe that, with the right information and experience, people will take the actions necessary to create a future in which we all can thrive.
So our tools, simulations, and trainings are all designed to make people better at understanding and more effective at addressing the complex, interconnected challenges we face. Our tools and approaches help people to:
- Focus on Leverage. After using our simulations people understand, at a deep level, which policies and strategies are more likely to make a big impact.
- See The Big Picture. Often people can only drill down into one area of a complex human/natural system. Our simulations help people see the whole picture and watch it play out over the long-term.
- Learn. When people ask customized “What If” questions and get immediate answers, they build their capacity to act on their insights.
- Communicate Effectively. Teams develop graphs, messages, powerful numbers, and overall communication that enroll other in effective action.
- Ground Conversations. Our simulations bring scientific and economic rigor to group workshops and strategic discussions.
- Stitch Together Analyses. For many complex issues, people will often have access to a number of different sources of numerical and technical analysis. Our modelers integrate and summarize the relevant information and make it useful to the challenges at hand.
How we work:
We create simulation models and interactive tools:
“You have been the backbone of our analytic work here.”
– Eric Maltzer, U.S. State Department, Climate Change Analyst
- C-ROADS – an award-winning, fast, accessible climate policy tool used in more than 70 countries.
- En-ROADS – illuminating energy scenarios and busting myths about effective strategy.
- Climate Pathways – a mobile app that puts a climate model in your pocket for fast insights and analysis
- Climate Scoreboard – an online widget that went viral during the Copenhagen climate negotiations and shows how close climate policies get us to our goals
We help organizations improve their strategy:
- We map how the decisions stakeholders face interconnect with other issues.
- We provide counsel on potential solutions.
We inspire audiences to think in systems to understand our current challenges:
- We give keynote speeches
- We lead interactive events like World Climate – where participants ranging from business leaders to graduate students to Chinese government officials work together to reach a policy agreement, learning what it takes to address climate change.
- We teach system dynamics, systems thinking, and organizational learning – many of our staff have taught for over twenty years.
Climate Interactive is a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC. If we can help you or your team on a project please contact us.